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MV Seafrance Manet – Past and Present

MV Poeta López Anglada – ex Daniya, Stena Navigator, Seafrance Manet, Stena Parisien, Champs Elysees – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built in 1984 by Chantiers Dubigeon S.A., Prairie-au-Duc, Nantes, France (Yard No. 167) for Societe des Nationale des Chemins de Frances as a roll-on roll-off car and commercial vehicle ferry. Engined by Chantiers de l’Atlantique, St. Nazaire.

© Ken Larwood

MV Vortigern – Past and Present

MV Limon, ex Nisos Limnos, Milos Express, Vortigern – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built by Swan, Hunter & Tyne Shipbuilders (Yard No.10) at their Wallsend-on-Tyne yard for the British Railways Board in 1969 as a multi-purpose passenger and roll-on roll-off ferry for cars, lorries and railway vehicles.

© Alan Geddes

MV Darnia – Past and Present

MV Neptunia, ex Nord Neptunis, Darnia, Stena Topper – Steel twin screw motor vessel built in 1977 at Österreichische Schiffswerften AG, Korneuburg, Vienna (Yard No 710) for Stena Line Ab, Göteborg as an ice-strengthened passenger and vehicle ferry

Roy Thornton Collection

TS Maid of Kent (III) – Past and Present

TS Maid of Kent – Steel twin screw turbine steamer, built and engined by Denny’s of Dumbarton (Yard No. 1492) for the British Transport Commission’s cross-Channel car ferry service in 1959

© Gary Davies (Maritime Photographic)

MV Compiegne – Past and Present

MV Al Ameerah, ex Compiegne – Steel twin screw motor vessel built by Chantiers Réunis Loire-Normandie, Rouen (Yard No. 310) in 1958 for French National Railways (SNCF) Calais-Dover cross-Channel service. Engined by Societe Generale de Constructions Mécaniques, La Courneuve

Roy Thornton Collection

TS Lord Warden – Past and Present

TS Al Zaher, ex Lord Warden – Steel twin screw turbine steamer, built and engined by Dennys of Dumbarton in 1952 (Yard No 1455) for the British Transport Commission’s cross-Channel fleet, and intended for running between the new car ferry terminals at Dover and Boulogne.

MV Saint Germain - Past and Present

MV Saint Germain – Past and Present

MV Saint Germain – Steel twin screw motor vessel, built and engined by Helsingør Skibsværft og Maskinbyggeri A/S Helsingor, Denmark, (Yard No 303), for the Société Nationale des Chemins de fer Français (SNCF) in 1951.

© A G Jones

TS Shepperton Ferry – Past and Present

TS Shepperton Ferry – Steel twin screw turbine steamer, one of three identical stern-loading railway ferry boats ordered by the Southern Railway in 1933 for their intended new Dover-Dunkirk ferry service. Built by Messrs. Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd., Walker-on-Tyne (Yard No. 1450), and engined by Parsons Marine Steam Turbine Co. Ltd.

Courtesy of Michael Woodland

TS Hampton Ferry – Past and Present

TS Tre-Arddur, ex Hampton Ferry, HMS Hampton – Steel twin screw turbine steamer, one of three identical stern-loading train ferries ordered by the Southern Railway in 1933. Built by Messrs. Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd, Walker-on-Tyne (Yard No. 1448), and engined by Parsons Marine Steam Turbine Co. Ltd.

TS Twickenham Ferry - Past and Present

TS Twickenham Ferry – Past and Present

TS Twickenham Ferry – Steel twin screw turbine steamer, one of three identical stern-loading railway ferry boats ordered by the Southern Railway in 1933 for their intended new Dover-Dunkirk ferry service. Built by Messrs. Swan, Hunter and Wigham Richardson Ltd., Walker-on-Tyne (Yard No. 1446).

Dover Eastern Docks - The Advent of Drive on Drive Off (1952-53)

Dover Eastern Docks – The Advent of Drive on Drive Off (1952-53)

It is probably hard to believe that it is now over sixty years since motorists were first able to drive their cars directly on and off the ships at the Port of Dover. We often take it for granted that we can drive into the port and drive directly on to our ship with the whole process taking a matter of minutes. Prior to this people taking their cars across the Channel watched from the quayside as their cars were crane loaded as cargo into the ship’s hold as they boarded the ship on foot via the gangway.

The Dover Train Ferry Dock 1936-1988

The Dover Train Ferry Dock 1936-1988

In 1933 Southern Railway undertook to order three new train ferries and to construct a train ferry dock at Dover. It was agreed that a site, lying between the South Pier and the base of the Admiralty Pier, would be suitable.

© Andreas Wörteler

HSC Stena Lynx I (Incat 031) – Past and Present

HSC Seacat Moorea, ex Mandarin, Ocean Flower, Avant, Stena Lynx, Stena Sea Lynx – Aluminium catamaran built in 1993 by Incat (International Catamarans) Australia Pty. Ltd., Hobart, Australia (Yard No. 031) for Buquebus International, Nassau, Bahamas as a car and passenger ferry. Launched February 7th 1993.

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